A historic building in Ellsworth may be home to spirits.

The Grand Theatre in downtown Ellsworth has been rumored to be haunted, and now there's some evidence to back up the claims. The historic building was constructed in 1938 after an arsonist burned down much of business district five years prior. The fire burned an estimated 130 buildings in the downtown area. The Grand was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.

An investigation was conducted by Bangor-based group, 207 Paranormal, back in 2019. Findings from the investigation show a thermal imaging photo of what looks to be a human shape. This author is the investigator that caught the images. Below are the original pictures pulled directly from the thermal imaging camera.

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What makes this capture interesting is normally spirits manifest as cold spots on these thermal cameras. This spirit appears to be warmer than the surrounding area. The evidence was captured backstage, on the catwalk above the stage. As is common practice when investigating the paranormal, we take two pictures every time we snap a picture. The first image is when we saw the figure, the image below was taken seconds later.

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After seeing the human shape on camera we thought it could be our own heat signature reflecting off the wall at the other end of the catwalk. However, the shape quickly disappeared after snapping the picture. Other investigators attempted to recreate the image by walking down the catwalk to the exact area. What we saw while debunking the image was clearly a living human, with our physical features easily seen. As we were unable to recreate the image, it remains unexplained.

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It was an incredible experience to explore this historic building, and hope to return for another investigation in the future.

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